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New rules now mean you can’t issue a tribunal claim without engaging in the ACAS “Early Conciliation” scheme first. How does it work?

What is ACAS? The Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) is an independent, impartial organisation mandated to liaise with both parties to an employment tribunal claim with regard to possible settlement. Acas is notified when a person makes a claim and will contact the parties to find out if they wish to take part in […]

A fifth of Britons expect to be working until they are 70, but can your employer force you retire before this?

A fifth of Britons expect to be working until they are 70, but can your employer force you retire before this?

A recent study by Nielsen (a market research company) has shown that almost half of Britons are unhappy with their expected retirement age. This comes as no surprise with one in five workers believing they will be working up until their 70th birthday and 19 percent working in to their 80s. The research surveyed over […]

It’s National Stress Awareness Day. What are the obligations of employers to deal with stress at work, and what are your rights?

It’s National Stress Awareness Day. What are the obligations of employers to deal with stress at work, and what are your rights?

National Stress Awareness Day A recent survey has found the fear of redundancy is a major stress factor, especially with the younger generation. And in other surveys, it has been found the vast majority of employees give a false reason for a stress-related absence, such as having a stomach upset or headache. Very few appear […]

Why employers are at risk if they do not follow a correct disciplinary process

Why employers are at risk if they do not follow a correct disciplinary process

Employers may well be reviewing their disciplinary procedures today, after the reports that Sharon Shoesmith, previous head of Children’s Services at Haringey Council, has agreed a “six figure settlement” following her dismissal from the Council almost five years ago. Shoesmith was, of course, very publicly sacked in early December 2008, just days after then education […]